Fighting Sleep Apnea by Losing the Weight

It’s something that inflicts tens of thousands of people across the country. It keeps them from sleeping full, nourishing nights. Perhaps you have this problem – sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can be a problem for you and loved ones.
Sleep apnea can be a problem for you and loved ones.

Sleep apnea is not specific to overweight individuals, but the rate at which obese people suffer through chronic sleep apnea is much higher than those who carry significantly less fat. The consequences of sleep apnea are general tiredness, headaches, loss of memory, and in some cases depression. From a social perspective it causes loud and oftentimes obtrusive snoring habits.

Other, more severe risks associated with sleep apnea are heightened blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In an obese patient these problems could potentially already exist, meaning the lack of quality air flow, and subsequently the amount of oxygen delivered to the blood, during sleep can result in very serious, life threatening conditions.

How do we try to fight sleep apnea? Well one way is to relieve some of the pressure applied to the neck and chest area by excess fat. Bariatric surgery has been proven to be an effective mode of large scale weight loss. Lap band surgery and gastric bypass can all greatly increase the chances of sleep apnea receding.

Studies show that snoring associated with sleep apnea was greatly reduced only a few months after surgery, and 85% of patients who needed a CPAP machine to aid in nighttime breathing were symptom free without the use of the machine.

So if obesity seems to be prolonging your bout with sleep apnea why not consult with a bariatric surgeon to see if losing the weight in a healthy manner might be just the thing to get you back to sleeping undisturbed for longer, leaving you more energetic and refreshed than you may have felt in years. Call our office at (516) 616-5500, or if you prefer, click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.


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Fighting Sleep Apnea by Losing the Weight


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Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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